Thursday, August 18, 2011
Changing the Law in AR
Some parents that I talk to say that it's their job to teach their children about sex, not the school. MOST parents that I talk to want others such as church and school to reiterate and assist them in hitting home the truths about what happens when you make these decisions.
Here are a FEW statistics that are current. 1 out of every 3 women have or will have an abortion this year. 1 out of every 6 people have herpes, this is an STD that lives with you for the rest of your life. This also means that 20% of all Americans age 12 and older are infected with it. In the U.S. 34% of young women are pregnant at least once before the age of 20. Trichamonas causes MORE new infections than any other STD, with the exception of HPV, and I bet you've never even heard of it. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) who we go to for all of our health information reports that 19 MILLION NEW cases of STD's occurred last year and 50% (half) of those happened to people who were the ages of 15-24.
Here are MORE specific truths about Arkansas in particular. We are #4 in the country for teen pregnancy. We are #7 in the country for STD's. The health department has release information from surveys stating that most 8th graders have admitted to being pressured to have sex, that is 12, 13, and 14 year olds. It also showed that 10th graders admitted that 50% of them have already been part of multiple sexual relationships. (that's only 2 yrs difference) By 12th grade it's 63% and only 59% of those reported using any kind of protection.
I could go on and on (and I am going to) but this tells me and experts that we are NOT doing our job and mandates and laws should be made to regulate this issue. We need to combine sex education with the truth of abstinence so they know what happens if they choose not to comply. The facts are that very young people are having sex and they don't have any idea about the facts and it's altering their lives. It's also altering our lives. Some of you think it doesn't affect you, and you are SADLY mistaken. With the facts I gave you earlier, it means that we have young and old that are hurting and are broken. If you get herpes as a youth, you HAVE herpes as an elder. If you had an abortion as a youth, you carry that with you as an elder. If you have a baby as a youth, it changes you and your whole family's lives forever. People are hurting and going through SO much all around you everyday and it affects ALL of US!!! You can not assume that people in your circle are not dealing with these issues, because statistics PROVE that they are. If you are a parent, a grandparent, a sister, a brother, and aunt, or an uncle you have been affected.
I started my crusade by talking to parents, pastors, teachers, and law officials. I've not really gotten anywhere yet, but they need to know that God has laid this upon my heart and I'm just getting started. Is this important to you? Will you join me? I NEED to see your comments!!!
Posted by Aimee Bryan at 7:38 AM